What are your published works, and what are you working on?
I have published six books in my zombie apocalypse series, the Green Fields series. I’m working on book #7 right now. I’ve also outlined my next two series, one sci-fi space opera, the other dark urban fantasy.
If someone was just hearing about you for the first time what 1 thing would you want them to know?
I have a thing for writing strong female characters, and I seem to be hitting on the realistic / darker side of the genre, so if those two points aren’t your thing, run. Otherwise, buckle in for a wild ride!
Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes and no. No, because until I turned 30 I was 100% convinced that I would never be able to get a book published, let alone make a living from writing. Enter amazon, the kindle, and the entire self-publishing revolution, and I’m very glad to say I was terribly wrong. I’ve started writing consistently when I was 13, so it wasn’t that much of a surprise for anyone who’s known me since then.
What has been the biggest adventure of your life?
Besides publishing a bunch of books that people all over the world have read? A two-week trip to Iceland. I’m planning on repeating that soon! Marvelous landscape, great people, and inspiration around every corner.
If zombie apocalypse were to happen tomorrow would you be prepared?
No, and I would die a quick, horrible death on day one *laughs* But give me a week and the answer is likely “yes.” We do have a tentative bug-out location, and weapons and food wouldn’t be a problem. Should probably keep my car’s tank topped up, though.
What 3 things do you feel everyone should have to be ready for a survival situation?
A knife, a water bottle, and the knowledge not to do all the stupid things that get people killed in every. single. horror movie.
Who would you want with you if civilized society fell apart?
The guy I already spend most of my life with. At least we’d both die quickly and horribly together!
What 2 books would be in your bug out bag, knowing you would have to read them over and over?
Considering I’d have my favorite bookworm with me who could spend the next 10 years recounting all the books he’s read to me, not that dire a scenario. But likely John Ringo’s “A Hymn Before Battle” and Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander.” Realistically, I wouldn’t carry any books with me as it’s a waste of space, and I doubt it would be hard to pick some up on the road.
If we were thrown into the dark ages what would you miss most?
What is the most surprising fact about you?
I don’t look like someone who would come up with all the sh*t that happens to the characters in my books. Or knows how to shoot a gun.
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Valerie Lioudis is the co-author of Aftershock: A Collection of Survivors Tales available on Amazon.